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The Maypole

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The Maypole


20a Portugal Place



Tel: 01223 352999



Run by world renowned Italian cocktail shaker, Mario. Two bars, each with a TV. Quiz machine and bar billiards. Narrow patio outside. Fantastic menu with an Italian flavour in addition to traditional English food. New covered and decked outdoor area.


Fascinating fact

ADC actor and comedian David Mitchell used to drink here (and Rachel Weisz and Richard Ayoade)

CAMBRIDGE PHENOMENON FACT: Professor Crick used to live next door and came in for a pint when the Maypole first opened.

PocketPub statistics

Established 1869 Capacity 90
Real ales 16 (plus 50 foreign speciality beers) Outside seating 150
Wines 8 New category TBC Yes

What the pub says about themselves - please email in to

The Maypole pub has been family run since february, 1982.

Originally started by Mario and Christine Castiglione, the pub is now run as a father and son partnership, with Vincent joining in 1988.

Since 1982 the Castiglione’s have tried to keep the pub as traditional as possible, making only minor adjustments where necessary. The focus is very much on quality both with food and drinks, and above all service. It has been described as having “a locals atmosphere within the city centre”.

In September 2009 the Castiglione’s purchased the freehold from Punch making the Maypole one of very few free houses in the centre and able to sell a greater selection of real ales and more importantly more local beers from smaller breweries.

On February 22nd 2012 we celebrated 30 years of the Castiglione family at the Maypole and we also took this opportunity to host our first beer festival in this week, featuring 40 different real ales, mainly micro brewery, many Local several new for the occasion and one,’ Archimedes’, co-brewed at the Milton brewery by Vincent.

The Maypole is tucked away between Bridge street and Jesus green, and is fairly difficult to find, but once found hopefully there are enough reasons to go off piste more often. It is particularly renowned for :-

  1. *Up to 16 real ales on hand pump {cask marque accredited}

  2. *A very wide range of spirits and liqueurs {including 15+ single malts}

  3. *Superb home made Italian and traditional English dishes

  4. *‘The Courtyard Project’ Our amazing NEW outdoor covered and decked area

  5. *50+ Belgian and other foreign speciality bottled beers

  6. *Many real Ciders

  7. *All major non Sky sporting events shown in at least one of our three bars

  8. *Function room available for hire

  9. *Frequent Beer Festivals

  10. *Award winning cocktails

  11. *The friendliest welcome in Cambridge

  12. *20p off a pint for CAMRA members

What our readers say

Cambridge Edition - September 2013 "Super friendy city centre watering hole....cocktais, ales and home-made food."

What CAMRA say about this pub

The Castiglione family, who have run this city centre pub for over 30 years, bought the freehold from Punch Taverns in 2009. It has since become a showcase for quality beers which won Vincent the Branch's first Real Ale Champion award in 2010. Up to sixteen beers on offer including local breweries. The interior comprises two rooms either side of the bar plus a large upstairs function room. A pleasant sun-trap patio also provides covered space for smokers. Food focuses on home-cooked Italian dishes.

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